The Repair Shop experts reveal their favourite projects from the show

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Repair Shop experts reveal their favourite makesBBC/Ricochet Ltd/Jack Barnes

The Repair Shop has become a faithful Wednesday evening staple, offering us a life-affirming alternative to a throwaway culture, while celebrating indispensable craftsmanship.

And we're so happy it's back on our screens. The Repair Shop has returned to BBC One, with the next episode on Wednesday 10 April at 8pm, with episodes also available on BBC iPlayer.

Many of us have cried happy tears as Jay Blades and his talented team of craftspeople like Dom Chinea and Will Kirk painstakingly restore discarded treasures and sentimental heirlooms to their former glory, making their owners cry happy tears too.

Jay Blades took to his Instagram to share the news of the new series. He shared a picture of himself with some of the talented cast, alongside the caption: "Good morning all NEXT WEDNESDAY BRAND SERIES of @therepairshoptv starts. We can’t wait for you to see them."

Speaking ahead of the new series, some of the brilliant experts shared their most rewarding and challenging moments of being on the show. Woodworker Will Kirk revealed the projects he finds most satisfying to work on.

He said: "I love any furniture that looks like it should go in the skip. Things that are really bad and you just think it's impossible to fix them to then being able to fix them. It's rewarding for me because it tests my skills and my patience."

Horologist (watch and clocker repairer) Steve Fletcher revealed his most challenging repair belonged to a very famous guest on the show. He said: "One of my most challenging fixes was a clock that the then Prince of Wales gave me to do.

"It had been in the hands of so many clock makers and I had to work a way round of getting it going, which was really difficult and huge pressure."

This series will feature everything from cowboy boots connected to pop legend Elton John, to an armchair which tells a poignant story about the 1980s' AIDS crisis.

The barn will welcome a new expert: Rebecca Bissonnet, a skilled textiles conservator. She's worked on countless priceless items including Queen Elizabeth's coronation dress.

Speaking about the new series, Jay said: “If you’re super excited about The Repair Shop coming back, you’re not the only one. We work really hard to make sure people's dreams come true, so to be able to show you guys what we've done is so exciting.”

“The show goes from strength to strength, and I think that is simply because we’re talking about community, it’s all about working together as a team and achieving a common goal for someone.”

The craft show even won an award at the National Television Awards (NTAs) on 4 September, taking home the trophy for Best Daytime TV show.

Presenter Jay Blades took to his Instagram to share a picture of the trophy, with the caption "THOUGHT OF THE DAY. We Won The @officialntas".

He added: "Well done @therepairshoptv Team".

So far, the clever Repair Shop team have repaired everything from Olympic diving medals to beekeeping equipment; ceramic canines to a Victoria Diorama, while unearthing the fascinating stories behind the possessions.

Many fans will be wondering when new episodes will be returning to our screens, and the good news is there's not long to wait.

So, here's everything we know about The Repair Shop, including its return, how you can apply to go on the show and where The Repair Shop is filmed...

When is The Repair Shop back on TV?

The new series will air on Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with the next episode on Wednesday 10 April.

What can we expect from this series of The Repair Shop?

As ever, there are more breathtaking repairs and emotional moments in store. The projects featured in this series include a shattered ceramic poppy and a hot towel machine from a barber's shop, as well as the portrait of someone's late sister that paper conservator Louise Drover takes a look at.

Where is The Repair Shop filmed?

The Repair Shop is filmed at the Weald and Downland Living Museum in Singleton, West Sussex. The set is located is in the museum's Court Barn, which is closed to the public while the series is being filmed.

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Fancy taking a look at The Repair Shop? Visitors are able to have a sneak peek inside the barn on the following dates listed here.

Who are the team at The Repair Shop?

The talented Repair Shop cast includes: upholsterer Jay Blades, metal worker Dominic Chinea, clock restorer Steve Fletcher, leather worker Suzie Fletcher, carpenter and cabinet-maker Will Kirk, toy restorers Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell, ceramics conservator Kirsten Ramsay, painting conservator Lucia Scalisi, and antique photography specialist Brenton West.

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How to apply for The Repair Shop

If you have a sentimental item that needs new life breathed into it, you can apply to have it restored on the show.

You can apply through an online application form on the Ricochet website, the production company that creates the show. All applicants must be aged 18 or over.

Alternatively, you can send your application via email: or by mailing a letter to: The Repair Shop, Ricochet, Pacific House, 126 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3TE.

The Repair Shop is on BBC One on Wednesdays at 8pm and on BBC iPlayer.

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